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Supreme Court Wants Justice Department To Weigh In On Marijuana Lawsuit


Supreme Court marijuanaIn December of 2014, Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against Colorado in an attempt to prevent any future marijuana commerce in Colorado. In the lawsuit, Nebraska and Oklahoma claimed that legalized marijuana sales in Colorado have resulted in an increased amount of marijuana enforcement in Nebraska and Oklahoma. To say the lawsuit is ridiculous is a huge understatement. As Russ Belville has been saying, ‘Colorado doesn’t have a marijuana legalization problem, Nebraska and Oklahoma have a marijuana prohibition problem.’

Yesterday the Supreme Court asked the United States Justice Department to weigh in on the lawsuit. A headline out of Nebraska stated ‘Nebraska, Oklahoma lawsuit of Colorado pot sales clears U.S. Supreme Court hurdle,’ which is kind of misleading. The Court is asking the Justice Department to weigh in on the case, but still has not even decided to hear the case. Four Justices would have to agree to hear the case, and it’s unclear if they will even do it. If the Justice Department’s response is unfavorable towards the merits of the lawsuit, that could end it right then and there. Even if the Court decides to hear the case, they won’t hear the case anytime soon.

Colorado’s Attorney General made the following statement, per Constitution Center:

“[Nebraska and Oklahoma] suggest that the federal government will backfill the resulting regulatory vacuum, even though the Presidential Administration has indicated it lacks the resources and the inclination to fully enforce the federal marijuana ban; Congress has partially endorsed the Administration’s non-enforcement policy; and the States have, for the last four decades, carried out the vast majority of marijuana enforcement across the country,” said Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman in March.

More and more states are going to legalize marijuana. That is a fact that Nebraska and Oklahoma need to realize. About the only person outside of Nebraska and Oklahoma that is rooting for this lawsuit to move forward is Kevin Sabet. And considering how poor Kevin Sabet’s track record is on marijuana policy (has he ever been right?), no one should be happy that they are on the same side of the issue as him. This will be a big test for the Justice Department, who has claimed a lot lately that they are going to take a hands off approach in states that have a well regulated marijuana industry, which Colorado obviously has.


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  1. You’re assuming that NE and OK are actually literate and bother to read.

  2. Karen Ferguson on

    Impressive. One sentence that sums up another truth. Thanks for adding ‘prescription meds.’ Big Pharma is a contention for me: the purportedly ‘legitimized’ drug trade. The side effects & withdrawal symptoms alone from SSRIs [anti-depressants] and Benzodiazepines should shock and alarm even the ‘most’ faithful to their docs. As John Robbins wrote in his 19 year-old book, Reclaiming Our Health, “MD doesn’t stand for medical deity.”

  3. Karen Ferguson on

    Weed Blog posted about this months ago. I was surprised; this time, I gasped. What a waste of time and money! I wish Nebraska and Oklahoma could focus on something meaningful in their states. i.e. the increasing number of unwed mothers/unwanted pregnancies by women from 15 to 19. It’s increased in both states. And, I don’t believe the “right’s” reasons: deteriorating values and disregard for marriage. [fyi: I question many of the [moralistic] values of the right]. Where are these people getting their information and how can they be moved to open their minds to what is true. Propaganda dies hard, but it dies. It doesn’t take much reading, imho.

  4. Gregory Frazier on

    I hope that this whole event goes the way of the alcohol prohibition did. Heaven above knows it deserves to! Marijuana is harmless if taken in moderation. And I would love to see children of the future not as jaded as the reagan era kids. Heaven knows what a pile of garbage and lies that was.

  5. I agree just sort of making a joke at their expense. They are so concerned of something that’s coming from not just from inside their own state, but other states and regions . To point the finger at Colorado as the only source is narrow in mind and concept. The worry about the influx of cannabis when so many major crimes go unsolved is a waste of time and money.

  6. I’m just pointing fun at the futility of their whole idea of blaming Colorado for the states problems. There are many more important issues that they should address. I more believe it’s the possible closing of CLEET certified Drug interdiction training schools. Many states send their officers from around the country to Oklahoma for certification. It could really hurt many aspects of the courses methods. Many law enforcement programs will be defunded or declared obsolete. So much of many states have build entire industries around drug enforcement. That even one aspect being removed can pretty much knock down their whole house of cards so to say.

  7. Scott Eaton on

    The last big bust of illegal weed that went to these 2 states came from California NOT Colorado

  8. ted mishler on

    i dont think that closing borders as well as doing away with the cannabis communities’ rights to partake in society is productive

  9. If Nebraska and Oklahoma were able to seal their own borders with Colorado, all marijuana in those states would magically disappear, and all their citizens would immediately become sober, productive and otherwise upstanding citizens, except those who are strung out on alcohol, meth, smack or prescription meds.

  10. Jordan Shorette on

    but didn’t you know Nebraska and Oklahoma were 100% dug free before Colorado went a legalized the devils lettuce! As for Kevin Sabet I wish I could be the one to sit him down and explain that he has wasted his adult life and has contributed nothing that helps this country, he and harry anslinger should have been giving a medal for doing the most NOTHING for our country, as far as im concerned kevin sabet is just wasting oxygen on himself that could be used for a future president or the next Einstein.

  11. The states of Nebraska and Oklahoma are so concerned with cannabis crossing their borders. Well simple close them. How about other states like California and such making very sure that any shipment to those states are triple checked for contraband. Of course there might be a slight delay of a few weeks or months and the extra cost will be billed to Nebraska and Oklahoma. You know I think a large amount of meth might be coming out of those two states maybe we should turn their trucks back till they can guaranty no contraband in their contents. We can always get any products they produce from other sources till they have a 100% fool proof method of ensuring no contraband. See simple solution no court required. They can stick their heads in the sand. While the rest of the nation moves forward.

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